Extra Sleep and Kids’ Behavior
A little extra sleep improves kids’ behavior at school.
Moderately increasing sleep in children made a big difference in their school behavior. Canadian researchers randomized 34 healthy children 7-11 who had no behavioral, academic or sleep problems to a group who received an extra hour of sleep and one who had an hour taken away from their usual sleep time (9.3 hrs.) for 5 nights. On average, those who had their sleep time extended got 27 minutes more sleep. Yet it improved their emotional stability and reduced restless and impulsive behavior.
Sleep plays a critical role in determining daytime function. How are your kids doing?
Fred Hardinge, DrPH, RD
Source: PositiveChoices.com. Used with permission.